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Shell Guam Donates to Children’s Nonprofits

Effort Benefits Erica’s House, Sugar Plum Tree, Alee Shelter and Foster Families Association

Nonprofit representatives, from left, Kathy Kernaghan, program director of Sugar Plum Tree; Anabelle T. Salas of the Department of Public Health and Safety Services, Child Protective Services; Angel Cevallos of Foster Families Association; Sister Brigid Perez, program director of Alee Shelter; Eloy Lizama, president of Shell Guam; Michael Suzuki, president of Foster Families Association; Kate Thomas, vice president of Foster Families Association; and Jholyn Parducho of Erica’s House gather at Shell Guam for a donation of 1,200 of its Ferrari Model cars.

March 3, 2009 – In an ongoing effort to support Guam’s nonprofit organizations, Shell Guam donated 1,200 of its Limited Edition Collection of Ferrari Model cars to child-serving organizations dedicated to helping Guam’s children.

Erica’s House, Alee Shelter, Sugar Plum Tree and Foster Families Association each received 300 Ferrari model cars from Shell to provide children with toys to play with at their homes or when they visit the establishments.

“This is just a small token of our appreciation for what these nonprofit organizations do every day to help the children of Guam,” said Eloy Lizama, president of Shell Guam. “If one or two or 25 children get some joy out of the model cars, we’re happy.”

The Limited Edition Collection of Ferrari Model Cars were an integral part of the Shell V-Power® Premium Gasoline campaign in 2008-09. Resulting from Shell’s partnership with Ferrari in Formula One, Shell V-Power is the most advanced fuel Shell has ever developed. It contains more than five times the minimum amount of cleaning agents required by federal government standards and twice the cleaning agents required by the “TOP TIER” standard.

Shell customers can now enter to win a trip for two to the Formula One Grand Prix in Fuji, Japan, at stations on Guam. With every $20 fuel purchase, customers receive an entry form for a chance to win. Other great prizes include round-trip tickets via Northwest Airlines to select Formula One Grand Prix locations including Malaysia, Singapore, Shanghai and Japan; Shell fuel totalling $2,000; and  $300 in auto-related bill payments for six months.

About Erica’s House

Since 2000, Erica’s House has provided a safe meeting place for families going through divorce or separation. Centrally located in Tiyan, the centre offers on-site Child Protective Services supervised visits. The organization is a joint effort between two nonprofit Soroptimist Clubs of Guam.

About Alee Shelter

Alee Shelter is operated by Catholic Social Services with funding from the Governor’s Community Outreach – Federal Program Office, the Department of Public Health & Social Services and the Attorney General’s Office. Donations from businesses, organizations and the community support two emergency shelters on Guam. Alee I helps victims of child abuse and neglect, and Alee II supports children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services.

About Sugar Plum Tree

For 25 years, Sugar Plum Tree has collected gifts for truly needy children, disabled adults and old age on Guam. Each year, the public selects names from Sugar Plum Tress located at select financial centres and the Girl Scout Service Centre, and purchases gifts based on a wish list created by their individual. As many as 300 volunteers assist the organization each year with shopping, sorting, inventorying, transporting and wrapping gifts at the Sugar Plum Tree’s annual “Big Wrap” event.

About Foster Families Association

Established by a local group of licensed foster families and other individuals committed to promoting the well-being of children in foster care, the Foster Families Association (FFA) has served Guam families since 2001. FFA promotes family preservation by supporting foster families through advocacy, recruitment and training, support in times of emotional and financial crisis, and by providing materials and supplies to foster children.